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Intro. Biology Lab - BIOLOGY 173

The Ann Arbor Class

BIOLOGY 173 is a one-term project-based laboratory course that with BIOLOGY 171 and 172 forms the introductory biology sequence.

The aims of BIOLOGY 173 are:

  • to provide an integrated introduction to experimental biology;
  • to foster hypothesis-testing and analytical approaches to experimental data; and
  • to develop critical-thinking and writing skills.

Topics in BIOLOGY 173 are divided among four primary areas:

Biochemistry
Molecular genetics
Evolution
Ecology

 

 

 

 

 

Credits: 2

Meets: Spring Term (May 2-June 23, 2017)

Location: U-M Ann Arbor Campus

Instructor: Cynthia Giffen

The UMBS Extension

After learning all the basics in Ann Arbor, come apply them on field-based projects at the Biological Station.

During this two-week lab extension, you'll get additional lecture preparation on concepts such as population and community ecology, molecular evolution and insect-plant chemical interactions. Then you'll head into the field to test various hypotheses. 

Possible projects may include:

  • Aphid/milkweed interactions: How does patch size, the involvement of additional herbivores (e.g. monarch caterpillars, milkweed beetles, etc.) affect aphid populations?
  • Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment: How do bacteria cultured from different soil/sediment samples respond to exposure to different antibiotics? What does this say about environmental exposure to these chemicals?
  • Ecology of herbivory: Does soil moisture, sun exposure, edge effects, or other factors affect plants' vulnerability to insect herbivory?
  • Molecular evolution in plant populations: Are we able to observe evidence of natural selection in different populations of a plant species in Northern Michigan?

You would participate in all lab activities and focus on one project to write up for a final lab report.

Note: The course extension runs June 24-July 8, 2017, but most students will enroll for the 1-credit extension in the Spring semester. Those students for whom the additional spring credit will result in increased tuition should contact the instructor or the Program in Biology to discuss other registration options. The extension should not cost extra tuition for any participants.

To Enroll

If you are planning to take BIOLOGY 173 in Ann Arbor for the Spring semester and wish to enroll for the 1 credit extension at the Biological Station, please complete this Google Form. We will use the form to issue course permissions on a first come, first served basis.

 

 

 

 

Credits: 1

Meets: June 24 - July 8, 2017

Location: U-M Biological Station

Instructor: Cynthia Giffen

To Enroll

If you are planning to take BIOLOGY 173 in Ann Arbor for the Spring semester and wish to enroll for the 1 credit extension at the Biological Station, please complete this Google Form. We will use the form to issue course permissions on a first come, first served basis.